We Grow Accustomed To The Dark Poem Analysis

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Both inspiring and heartbreaking, the poems “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickinson give an honest insight to the realities of life. It is demonstrated by both poems that often times there are difficult and unconventional aspects to human life, but both poems also illustrate that people can be healed from these aspects and be brought out of misery. Through each poet's diction, choice of imagery, and structure these ideas are found. Diction is used primarily by authors to help convey the author’s feelings about their writing but also to influence the reader’s feelings about the writing. In “Invictus,” William Henley uses a first person narrative to describe oneself experiencing extreme pain and suffering; he advances to describing how one overcomes the pain and suffering. When Henley speaks of the different aspects of one's’ life, he uses proper words and terminology that a reader can understand and that is the goal of his diction- to make the poem relatable and real. In “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark,” Emily Dickinson transitions between multiple perspectives in her narration, at some points she will use…show more content…
It is simply a way to put ideas and thoughts into words by creating a visual image for the reader. In “Invictus,” Henley says, “black as the pit-,” (2) and by using the word black he is creating an image in the reader’s mind to show how dark of an emotion he felt when writing the poem. Also, in Dickinson’s writing, she says, “-steps almost straight,” (20) in the line describing how things in life fall into place and begin to improve to give an image of life being a crooked path that straightens out almost . While only Henley’s poem was referenced for this, both authors used the color black and the word dark to describe pain and suffering. Each poem differs in their choices of imagery but the use of colors is seen in
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